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Sunday 9th July 2017: Gates 1pm, Support 2pm, Main performance 4.30pm

RUSSELL WATSON SUMMER PICNIC CONCERT – TONBRIDGE CASTLE, KENT

Tickets: £30 / £45 / £60. Children under 16 half price, under 5’s free

Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival proudly present singing sensation Russell Watson performing a special outdoor summer picnic concert at the stunning and historic setting of Tonbridge Castle, Kent on Sunday 9th July.

We are delighted to announce that the fabulously cool Brighton based Paul Richards Latin Trio and festival favourite Liane Carroll have been announced to support Russell Watson. Paul and his outstanding Trio perform from 2.00pm before acclaimed jazz singer Liane Carroll takes to the stage at 3.00pm.

Watson, known as the “People’s Tenor” is credited with being the “UK’s Best Selling Classical Artist” and has sold over seven million albums throughout his exceptional career.

This is will be a wonderful event for the whole family and Russell will be performing an exciting programme which will include many of his best loved favourites, and songs from stunning latest album ‘True Stories’. Accompanying Russell on stage will be the Masquerade ensemble of wonderful musicians.

Tickets for this special event will be in high demand so book early to avoid disappointment.

This is a wonderful way to relax with family and friends, listening to the amazing Russell Watson in such a unique castle setting.

Thank you to our media partners SO Magazine and the Times of Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge.

Ticket Prices:
Front stage ticket: £60.00

Lawn ticket: £45.00

Rear lawn ticket - £30.00

Children under 5 free admission and children under 16 half price.
Wheelchair and disabled access available at the venue.
Booking fee applies – see terms and conditions.

We highly recommended the following venues for accommodation.
Salomons Estate and One Warwick Park

We are delighted to confirm Warners Solicitors of Tonbridge and Sevenoaks as out title event partners, and Fidelity International as our supporting partner of this prestigious event. Their support is very much appreciated.

We are also very excited to announce that the ‘Fidelity International Choir’ will be performing with Russell Watson on the day of the concert.

It is our pleasure to be working with Hospice in the Weald, as our event charity partner; we will be raising both awareness and funds for this wonderful charity, to acknowledge the fantastic care and support they give to our community.

Artist: Russell Watson

Listen to Russell Watson

Russell Watson, known as the “People’s Tenor” is credited with being the “UK’s Best Selling Classical Artist” and has sold over seven million albums throughout his exceptional career.

Since being described by the New York Times as a performer “who sings like Pavarotti and entertains the audience like Sinatra”, he subsequently released ten studio albums, each one receiving more critical acclaim than the last, and has sold over seven million albums.

Russell held the number one spot in the USA for his debut album ‘The Voice’, making him the first British male singer to hold the accolade of a simultaneous transatlantic number one. His second studio album ‘Encore’ soon followed, it became an even greater success selling almost two million copies worldwide. During this period Russell was rewarded with various awards including four Classical Brits.

Among many special appearances, Russell performed at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth games in 2002 where he sang to a worldwide audience of one billion, at Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Coronation Gala Festival 2013, the opening ceremony of the World Games, the Rugby Union World Cup and at the Nou Camp Stadium for the 1999 Champion’s League Final with Montserrat Caballé.

Other notable collaborations include Meatloaf, Lionel Richie, Paul McCartney, Lulu, Alexandra Burke, Sean Ryder and the late great Luciano Pavarotti.

His dramatic performances in stage shows have also earned him great critical acclaim, he played Parson Nathaniel in Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds tour and played the lead role of Karl Oscar in Benny and Björn’s (ABBA) Kristina where the New York Times said “Watson’s ‘Puccini’ ready voice was crystal clear”. His recent collaboration with Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg meant he fulfilled a lifetime ambition to work alongside the writers of the world’s most successful musical ever, Les Miserables, where Boublil and Schonberg crafted a body of poignancy and class to his new album.

Artist: Liane Carroll

Listen to Liane Carroll

Liane Carroll has been a pillar of the British jazz and soul scene for over thirty-five years and has amassed a multitude of awards over the years. Born in London and raised in Hastings; from the beginning of her musical career at the age of fifteen, she has dedicated her life to creating a deep and abiding connection with audiences all over the world through her exceptional talent, versatility and ability to truly interpret a song.

Along the way she has collaborated with such diverse artists as Paul McCartney, Gerry Rafferty, Long John Baldry, Ian Shaw, Claire Martin OBE and drum and bass outfit London Elektricity with whom she headlined in 2016 at Finsbury Parks Hospital in the Park festival. She appeared with them again at Glastonbury Festival 2017.

Liane is a great supporter of young and emerging artists and is much in demand by youth orchestras, ensembles and colleges for her inspirational approach to teaching. She runs regular workshops for aspiring vocalists at all levels of experience and teaches at the revered Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

“Liane Carroll doesn’t just sing jazz. She is jazz. This is jazz of the highest quality. Believe.” Mojo

”...casually expressive, unblinkingly honest, and often charmingly autobiographical album by the superb British standards-and-ballads singer Liane Carroll…” The Guardian

“Liane Carroll has that rare ability to meld effortless, often transcendent vocal and piano technique, with heart stopping emotion and soul bearing power. It should be no surprise then that her latest album, Seaside, combines all this with a savvy sophistication befitting of one of Britain’s finest jazz singers.” Jazzwise

“Another great British musician; I’m a big fan of hers” Jamie Cullum

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